Women’s Health Magazine: When Your Body Attacks

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When Venus Williams bowed out of the U.S. Open last fall due to Sjogren’s syndrome, you may have thought, What? But her problem is more common than many think. Sjogren’s belongs to a group of some 80 autoimmune diseases in which the immune system goes haywire and attacks healthy tissue and organs. Most such illnesses share a few traits: They …

How To Be Sick: Discussion 1

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This is a book for people who will not be their old self again and for all those for whom, at least now, getting better isn’t possible. This is a book that most reassuringly says even to those people, “You too are going to be okay–even if you never recover your health!” -Sylvia Boorstein Author Toni Bernhard (who is participating …

Keeping Off The Prednisone Pounds

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I still remember the first time I took Prednisone; it was quite an experience, to say the least. First, most of my pain and symptoms just seemed to magically disappear. Then, there was the euphoric buzz that made me feel like the Road Runner with Acme rocket-powered boots, after drinking a couple of cans of Red Bull. Last was the …

RA Guy’s Book Club: “How To Be Sick”

This book club consists of eight discussion threads, which will be posted on Mondays. Please bookmark this page to keep track of the discussions! How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers by Toni Bernhard This life-affirming, instructive and thoroughly inspiring book is a must-read for anyone who is—or who might one day be—sick. …

What Do You Look For In A Rheumatologist?

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The other day, I quickly skimmed an article (I can’t remember where) which has as it’s basic premise the theory that rheumatologists needed to show more empathy towards their patients. I’m not sure if I’m in agreement with such a statement, primarily because I don’t really know what this statement actually means, in practice. Wikipedia tells me that empathy is …